Local History

09 June 2016

Inspired by Amanda Randall's article on WW2 cinema-going in the July issue, Sarah Williams takes an appreciative look at a newly restored picture house in Bristol

01 June 2016

Alan travelled to Oxfordshire and trawled through newspapers in his bid to research the life story of a small-town politician ancestor

26 May 2016

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland next Tuesday, we've picked out five great online resources that will help you research your First World War naval ancestors

26 May 2016

A quick visit to the home of Worcestershire Archives resulted in a discovery that columnist Alan Crosby certainly wasn't expecting – and nor was his wife!

19 May 2016

Last week, Alan Crosby took a group of students to visit Bosworth Field in Leicestershire – site of one of the most famous (and bloodiest) battles in English history

19 May 2016

Laura Berry shares details of five online resources that can be used for tracing baptism, marriage and burial records without costing a penny

12 May 2016

In the June issue of WDYTYA? Magazine, Alan wrote about his frustrations of being unable to trace his great aunt Edith. But shortly after going to press, the brick wall was finally broken...

05 May 2016

Alan imagines what it would have been like for his 4x great grandfather when he upped sticks and moved his family from mid-Norfolk to the edge of the Cotswolds

28 April 2016

The Victorian upper classes certainly had a taste for alcohol, as Alan Crosby recently discovered when leafing through a sales brochure from the 19th century

21 April 2016

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday today. Alan looks at how the country has changed during her reign, and the ways we marked royal occasions in the past

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